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Hand Painting Flowers on Furniture


Spring is just around the corner and it's a perfect time to paint some gorgeous flowers on your furniture.
hand painting flowers on furniture, chalk paint, painted furniture
I know I say this a lot... but I am in love with yet another piece of furniture. This armoire or Chifferobe is a turn-of-the-century piece that is well constructed and has many beautiful features but was not in good condition. Unfortunately it had been quite damaged over time and the wood pieces were scratched and separating. Despite it's faults though, it has a beautiful mirror that is tillable, cedar in the tall cabinet part and gorgeous spindle legs.
hand painting flowers on furniture, chalk paint, painted furniture
As this piece had never been painted before, I knew I wanted a chippy, well worn look to it when it was done so I decided to use milk paint for it's recreation. Milk paint can be a little bit harder to use than chalk paint or latex, but it creates a beautiful, antiquey feeling finish that is especially lovely when done.

I chose Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Linen as it would provide a creamy white backdrop for what I had in mind!
hand painting flowers on furniture, chalk paint, painted furniture
Once the cabinet was the colour of Linen that I was pleased with, I began the process of hand painting a floral pattern on it.
I chose Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Apron Strings for the flowers and used it both full strength (on the right) and mixed with some Linen (on the left) for highlighting.
hand painting flowers on furniture, chalk paint, painted furniture
I lightly chalked out the basic design that I wanted to paint before I began.
hand painting flowers on furniture, chalk paint, painted furniture
Chalking it out first gave me a loose guideline to follow as I was painting and allowed me to centre the pattern the way I thought would complement the piece before beginning.
hand painting flowers on furniture, chalk paint, painted furniture
Once the hand painted floral pattern was done, I used extra coarse sand paper to distress the piece to give it a well-worn, well-loved and well-aged look.
hand painting flowers on furniture, chalk paint, painted furniture
I am amazed how completely transformed this piece was with just a little paint and hand painting! What a difference a little bit of paint makes.
hand painting flowers on furniture, chalk paint, painted furniture
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  • Wendy Molnar
    on Jan 7, 2018

    Never in a hundred years did I expect to see an exact duplicate of this cabinet. It was my Husbands,Grandmothers. She used this as her children's wardrobe. Which is why adult shirts don't fit quite right. I have to ask, does the clothes bar inside the cabinet slide out? This is just amazing to me. BTW you did an awesome job updating it. Very pretty.
    • Recreated Designs
      on Jan 8, 2018

      Thanks so much Wendy! The bar does slide out which makes it much easier to hang things and get to them ;)

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  • George Blomberg
    on Jan 5, 2018

    Just a comment - I have a dresser very similar to this that is an antique (from the early 1900's) and while it had been painted green and pink many years ago, the natural look as it was originally made is awesome and has been restored to that condition. .
  • Renee Siderio
    on Jan 6, 2018

    The piece was beautiful in its natural, original state.

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